If you are a professional runner or track and field athlete you don’t have to wind down you training regime during the colder winter months. You just have to adjust your strategy. Move indoors. You can still train outdoors when the weather permits. You may have to layer up a bit and there are lots of apparel specifically designed for this, but that is for another topic. For now we are concentrating on treadmills for athletes.
A treadmill for an athlete has to have higher grade requirements than that of an ordinary consumer treadmill. That involves having an uprated suspension, a more powerful motor and a more responsive and higher top speed. As an athlete will be pushing the paces more frequently than a casual workout devotee, the treadmill has to be able to withstand the distance, and also not place undue stress on the body’s own mechanics.
If the treadmill has a bad suspension this can lead to a nagging injury. What’s worse you may not feel the inflammation building up and by the time it manifests it could be too late. An injury is always on an athletes mind, so doing so with cheap equipment can put training schedule out of kilter. When you plan all year for an event this is the last scenario you want to happen.
Why Responsiveness Is Important in A Treadmill
Having a treadmill that changes speed quickly is essential if you need to practice sprint bursts. You need to be able to push on the speed hard if you are doing this type of training. A treadmill with an unresponsive motor, and problems with the wiring from the console controls will not be up to the task of swift speed changes.
Some treadmills are also limited to 10mph. This is not fast enough for a track and field athlete. This is only good for steady jogging pace work. This has it’s place in an athletes repertoire but it is a limiting factor as well.
So how much can one expect to pay for a high performance treadmill? Considering the motor and speed requirements, plus the fact that top notch suspension systems cost a petty penny, prices will start at around $1700, and continue upwards to $5000. Only you can decide whether you have the budget for a winter treadmill. Although you can still use a high quality treadmill at all times of the year.
Some treadmills aslo come with training apps like iFit, but most track and field athletes will be devising there own manual programs. But that’s not to say you can use some of the predestined routes that an application like iFit offers.